What’s New in SOLIDWORKS 2018: Flip Tangency Direction in Sketch



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Flip Tangency Direction in Sketch

This is a small yet a powerful enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2018. It gives you option to flip the tangency direction of certain curved sketch entities like arcs and splines.

With this enhancement you do not need to delete the arc or spline and redraw it but simply change the tangency direction. This helps you maintain the relations of the entity/feature with its children without breaking them.

Here is how you can flip the tangency direction:

  1. Edit the Sketch in which you want to flip the tangency direction.
  2. Right click on the arc.
  3. From the drop down menu, select “Reverse Endpoint tangent”
  4. In case of spline, you can use the same method as described for arc i.e. right click on the spline.
  5. From the drop down menu, select “Reverse Endpoint tangent” 
  6. You can also flip tangency from the property manager tree for tangent relations for spline. Right click on the tangent relation and select “Flip relation”. 
  7. Finally exit your sketch to see the changes. 

Watch the steps in a video:

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Over the next few weeks, I would be sharing more details on the new enhancements of SOLIDWORKS 2018, so stay tuned and happy reading!!

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